Our Mentors

eLab Mentors play a critical role in the shaping of our teams' business concepts. They apply their entrepreneurial experiences and subject matter expertise to help entrepreneurs ask the right questions, solve hard problems and battle test their concepts in a safe environment.

John Balen
John Balen
Canaan Partners
General Partners
Lara Jackle Dickinson
Lara Jackle Dickinson
LJD Consulting
Managing Partner
TJ Duane
TJ Duane
Lateral Link Group
Principal
Jim Farrell
Jim Farrell
f'real foods
Founder and Director
Greg Galvin
Greg Galvin
Kionix
Co-Founder
John Jaquette
John Jaquette
Entrepreneurship at Cornell
Executive Director Emeritus
Michael Karangelen
Michael Karangelen
TowerBrook Capital Partners
Managing Director
Dan Kathan
Dan Kathan
Student Agencies Foundation
Managing Director
 Lampert
Dana Lampert
Wiggio
Founder & CEO
Cliff Lardin
Cliff Lardin
Cayuga Venture Fund
Venture Partner
David Lesser
David Lesser
Hudson Bay Partners, LP
President
Kevin McGovern
Kevin McGovern
McGovern Capital
Chairman & CEO
Tim Novikoff
Tim Novikoff
Fly Labs Inc.
CEO
Sean Neville
Sean Neville
Simply Audiobooks
CEO & Co-founder
JB Osborne
JB Osborne
Red Antler
Founder
Micah Rosenbloom
Micah Rosenbloom
Founder Collective
Founder Partner
Brian Ross
Brian Ross
Made in Nature
Chief Innovation Officer
Zachary Shulman
Zachary Shulman
Cayuga Venture Fund
Managing Partner
Justin Smithline
Justin Smithline
FunnelFire
CEO
Cari Sommer
Cari Sommer
Cari Sommer Media
CEO
Dan Sommer
Dan Sommer
XL Marketing
President
Brad Treat
Brad Treat
Mezmeriz
Founder & CEO
Bill Trenchard
Bill Trenchard
Founder Collective
Founder Partner
Eric Young
Eric Young
Canaan Partners
Partner and Co-Founder

What do mentors do?

eLab carefully selects a limited number of experienced mentors who play a number of roles based on the needs of each individual team. Our mentors help students in the following ways:

  • Ask tough 'critical path' questions designed to help our team's to improve their concepts.
  • Provide perspective on issues ranging from the start up process and fundraising, to product development and distribution of equity to employees. They bring their experiences and wisdom to the table to help our teams succeed.
  • Provide regular feedback on strategy, products, pricing, sales strategy, marketing plans, investor decks, legal factors and many of the other issues that entrepreneurs explore as they undergo their journey.

How do I become a mentor?






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